Sunday, January 18, 2009

Accessory to Hiding 'Toilet Corpse' Found Guilty of Misdemeanor

A Wisconsin woman accused of helping her religious leader hide a corpse on a toilet so the organization could continue receiving the deceased's social security check pleaded "no contest" to an obstruction [of justice] charge as part of plea deal which allows her to avoid more serious charges related to the crime. 36-year old Tammy Lewis was fined $350 and ordered to pay it within 60 days or face seven days in jail.

Lewis was part of the Order of the Divine Will, run by "Bishop" John Peter Bushey. Friends and family of the deceased said they had warned her not to move, but she ignored their advice. Lewis, considered a "nun" of the Order, was found competent to stand trial, but many considered her a victim of Bushey. Bushey had allegedly told her God would bring 90-year old Magdeline Alvina Middlesworth "back to life."

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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